Jerusalem24 – Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint Arab List in the Israeli Knesset, was subjected to a massive campaign of incitement by Israeli right-wing parties; against the backdrop of his call for Palestinians enlisted in Israel’s police to lay down their weapons.
In a video clip of him standing in front of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem and posted to Twitter, Odeh said he met with many Palestinians in the city. They complained to him about the abuse of “Palestinian officers” in the Israeli police that is aimed at Palestinian worshippers and Jerusalemites. Odeh also said his ultimate goal was to see the Palestinian flag flying over Jerusalem.
Odeh called on the Palestinians in Israel’s occupying forces to lay down their weapons, saying, “throw your weapon in their face and tell them: Our place is not with you, our place is not to be part of the crime and abuse of our people. Our natural place is to be an authentic part of the Palestinian Arab people and this just battle is to end the criminal occupation, and for peace to come to the land of peace.”
According to Haaretz’s correspondent, the Israeli police want to verify if these statements may indicate the presence of “suspicion of incitement,” noting that this may take several months and maybe in the middle of an election campaign in Israel.
Meanwhile, calls were made via tweets on Twitter by Israeli right-wing activists to arrest Odeh and expel him from the Knesset.